Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

Dear beloved Onaway/Millersburg UMC famiiles,

The first half of this year has almost passed. There are many things that have happened and many things which we are going through including the pandemic. We all are facing more or less crisis. I think it is a great time of the year to assess how much have we worked on ourselves regarding the spiritually along with the practices of faith.

In July, I have planned a series sermon on the book of Proverbs based on the various themes which we get to learn from the book. As I have shared a little bit in my sermon, it has been one of my habits before starting to read a chapter of the book of Proverb, and I like it because it reminds me of the fact that God is the one who gives me strength and wisdom and makes me strive to live godly and wisely throughout any situation. As we know, in the month of July, there are 31 days, and I really want to encourage you to read the Book of Proverbs during this month along with my messages. I strongly believe that it would inspire you and lead you to a meaningful and satisfied living in many ways. Also, it can be the great starting and beginning point of your new resolution of reading the Bible regularly. Now, open your Bible and read and be delighted in it, while focusing on what God tells you - and meditate on it, apply it, live in it, and share it. Love the words of God, which is the great compass in our lives.

Do you know that? People feel “stressed" when something is changed in their lives, it can be anything- good or bad. Looking back at the last couple of months, we realize that there have been so manychanges in our lives including our lifestyle, ways to appreciate and love others, even formats of our worship service due to the pandemic issue. There are still many things uncertain. In this stressful time, I am praying for not only your spiritual and physical well-being but also your psychological and emotional well-being which are equally important. In this time, we should focus more on Jesus who is our healer, comforter, and Savior so that we can feel his magnificent presence and his restoration in our lives. May the Lord give comfort and peace upon you and your lives. Please keep praying for each other and the world.

Additionally, the last couple months we have changed many things in the worship services including the format (online, parking lot, and in-person). I always feel thankful and glad for all of your cooperation. You follow the instructions and guidelines for our safety very well. Thank you. If you prefer or need to stay home due to your vulnerability or sickness, I will still send you the letter along with my sermon in July as well, please let me or Linda know if you need. Also, the drive-in service is on its way along with the in-person service for those who feel more comfortable to have a service in their own space. So, please join one of the services as per your comfort.

The weather is getting warmer and warmer. I hope all you are taking care well and staying well.

with Love,
Pastor YooJin Kim

 

Pastor's Challenge:

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."